The Who’s Roger Daltrey: ‘There’s not enough anger in modern music’

The rock frontman also slammed the current state of the record industry

The Who‘s Roger Daltrey has criticised modern music for not being ‘angry’ enough.

Speaking to The Standard, the frontman hit out at contemporary rock’n’roll.

“There’s not enough anger out there in the music,” he said. “And theres not a lot of contemplation in the lyrics, it’s all very sweet… but that’s the iPhone generation.”

He also slammed the current state of music industry, saying it was now run by big business, rather than artists. “The music business… it’s been stolen. Nobody wants to put in any money on nurturing artists – if you don’t have the first hit, ‘Goodbye!’ In our days, people wanted to take chances and we were allowed to. The artists ran the business. Now, business runs the artists. You get accountants and lawyers basically deciding who’s going to make it and who’s not.”

Speaking about the band’s current The Who Hits 50 tour, which finishes at London’s Hyde Park on June 26, Daltrey confirmed it would be their last ever tour. “We will always do shows for charity, when we can, because it’s of enormous value to people and Pete [Townshend] and I love to play. But we won’t do long, schlepping tours. It’s killing us,” he explained.

The Who will headline the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concerts at the Royal Albert Hall later this month alongide Stereophonics, Van Morrison, Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Stereophonics will play the London venue on March 23, Van Morrison (plus “special guests”) will headline on March 25, The Who (supported by Wilko Johnson) top the bill on March 26, Paul Weller (supported by Johnny Marr) will play on March 27, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (supported by Future Islands) ends the series of special concerts on March 28. Comedian Kevin Bridges will also give a performance on March 24.